Gold Dinner raises over $3m

31 May 2019

Last night, our 22nd annual Gold Dinner raised over $3 million in support of Critical Care. 

Held at Fox Studios, over 500 guests, including Channel 9 presenters Deb Knight and Peter Overton, comedian Tim Minchin and actor Simon Baker, gathered to show their commitment to giving the sickest kids across NSW the best chance of survival and recovery.

Guest of honour was 18-year-old Charlie Knight, who took to the stage with parents Tric and Peter, to tell guests how he overcame the biggest challenge of his life.

In December 2017, Charlie suffered a severe brain haemorrhage at school. When his mum, Tric, arrived the ambulance was already there and it quickly became clear Charlie was in urgent need of the Critical Care team. He was unresponsive.

Within the first 24 hours of his Hospital journey, he had travelled hundreds of kilometres from his hometown of Coonabarabran to Sydney, had a quarter of his skull remove and was placed into an induced coma.

Speaking on the night he said;

“I remember how I felt waking up, beginning to understand the magnitude of what had happened to me and what my new life would look like. Despite the weight of the situation, I remember this as a distinctly positive time with us and the staff always looking ahead to the next milestone.”

For the next seven months, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, became his home and the physios, nurses and doctors became part of his extended family. Step by step, he made steady progress in his recovery, including learning how to walk again.

“I’ll never forget how it felt to stand up for the first time after accepting my future in a wheelchair, half immobile. But it didn’t stop there. Over the coming months, standing went to balancing, balancing went to taking the first steps, until steps became actual walking.

“I will be forever grateful that I was able to win the fight for my life and cognition.”

Thank you to everyone who made Gold Dinner 2019 such an incredible success. Your support will give hope to families like Charlie’s when they need it most. 

Photos from the night are available to view on our Facebook page. 

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research